Remember back in 2010 Knicks owner James Dolan tried to hire former coach and franchise destroyer Isiah Thomas as a consultant, only to have the plan blow up because you can’t coach a college team and have direct ties to an NBA franchise.
Friday Thomas was canned by Florida International University after three uninspiring seasons (they were 8-21 last season).
If you just said “but the Knicks would never bring back Thomas” because he set the franchise back on the court and cost them $11 million in a sexual harassment suit, you’re using logic. That may not apply here.
The Knicks are a franchise with some talent but with the jettisoning of Mike D’Antoni one in need of direction to guide them from here. A strong voice. Someone the owner trusts.
I’m not saying the Knicks are going to hire Thomas as a consultant or anything else. I’m just asking if it would really be a surprise?
Isiah Thomas is living proof of the power of cognitive dissonance.
The latest in a long line of examples comes from an interview with the Chicago Sun Times and discussion of the sexual harassment charges leveled against him and Madison Square Garden while he was running the Knicks.
The one paragraph rundown is Anucha Browne Sanders was fired as a VP of marketing for the Knicks after hiring a lawyer to sue for sexual harassment by Thomas. She still sued and tacked on wrongful termination with the suit and won $11.6 million. Thomas was at the heart of the lurid three-week trial for how he treated her and ran the Knick office like a frat house. If you want more details, this is a good accounting.
But Thomas remains convinced he has done nothing wrong, as he told the Sun Times.
”The jury, I believe, found Madison Square Garden had a hostile work environment and that she was wrongfully terminated,” he said. ”Basically, the Garden and [Knicks owner] Jim Dolan were ordered to pay $11 million, and everyone else was found liable for contributing to a hostile work environment. I wasn’t ordered to pay anything.”
It’s called deep pockets, Thomas. Always sue the guy with the deepest pockets. That’s not you, it’s Dolan. So he has to write the check. But he got to because of you, make no mistake.
Oh, forget it, what’s the point. He will believe what he wants to believe the rest of his days.